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Sociology: People


Faye Wade

Faye Wade
Dr Faye Wade
ClimateXChange Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Energy Efficient Scotland evaluation
2.27 Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
+44 (0)131 651 4182
Research Interests
Climate change and energy policy, Heat, Domestic energy, Building professionals, Technology and society

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • By appointment

Research Interests

I am an interdisciplinary energy researcher, applying a range of techniques as appropriate to understand aspects of the energy challenges of contemporary society. Together with Prof. Jan Webb, I am currently working on a social evaluation of the Energy Efficient Scotland programme; the Scottish Government's cornerstone strategy for reducing energy consumption and decarbonising heat in the built environment. This project involves interviewing members of local authorities across Scotland; conducting a social survey with building occupants; and working closely with policy makers. This is a collaboration with the Energy Saving Trust, who are managing a package of technical monitoring for the properties receiving interventions under the scheme.

My previous work has included an ethnographic investigation of how, through their work, heating engineers can shape the central heating technologies installed in homes and how they come to be used, and the application of qualitative approaches to better understand the changing nature of construction work with the introduction of new technologies.

I am a member of the Heat and the City team, and the Energy and Society Research Group which brings together energy research in sociology, geosciences, science, technology and innovation studies (STIS), social anthropology and political science. I am also part of Construction Edinburgh, which facilitates collaboration between academics and organisations to tackle the intellectual and practical challenges posed by industry and government.


PhD, Energy and Human Dimensions, UCL

MRes, Energy Demand Studies, UCL

MChem, Chemistry with a Year in Industry, University of York

Recent Publications

Wade, F., Murtagh, N., Hitchings, R. 2017. Managing professional jurisdiction and domestic energy use. Building Research & Information. DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2017.1324698

Wade, F., Shipworth, M. & Hitchings, R. 2017. How installers select and explain domestic heating controls. Building Research & Information, 45(4), pp.371-383.

Wade, F., Hitchings, R. & Shipworth, M.  2016. Understanding the missing middlemen of domestic heating: installers as a community of professional practice in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science, 19, pp. 39-47.

Wade, F., Shipworth, M. & Hitchings, R. 2016. Influencing the central heating technologies installed in homes: the role of social capital in supply chain networks. Energy Policy, 95, pp.52-60.



Science and Society 1a (STIS08004)

Energy Policy & Sustainability (STIS10008)

Investigating Energy Consumption & Policy (Undergraduate - STIS10011)

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in supervising Master's dissertations and PhDs on the topics of energy and society; building and construction professionals;  energy in the built environment; ethnography; qualitative research.

If you are interested in being supervised by Faye Wade, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Science and Technology Studies; PhD in Sociology